Legal assistance for people affected by bushfires and floods
Thousands of NSW residents affected by bushfires, floods and other extreme weather events are being offered free legal help with the launch of the Disaster Response Legal Service NSW.
Legal Aid NSW is operating the service, available via its helpline 1800 801 529. The service is providing assitance with with insurance claims, social security benefits and other legal problems associated with natural disasters.
Disaster recovery – useful resources and services:
Ma'ata Solofoni from the Disaster Response Legal Service NSW talks about the new service and how it's providing free legal help for people in NSW affected by bushfires. The service can help with types of legal issues such as insurance claims, tenancy, financial hardship, credit and debt, Centrelink and issues with employment.
Standard letters you can use to write to your insurance company after a natural disaster.
Advice for tenants who have been affected
Factsheet: Disaster damage - As a tenant you have rights under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010. This factsheet is about damage to rented premises that is neither the fault of the landlord nor the tenant - the result of a storm, fire or flood, or other causes of such damage.
If you have lost property due to bushfire you are able to get free and independent legal advice about your car, building and contents insurance from the Financial Rights Legal Centre's Insurance Law Service on 1300 663 464